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Between crazy bosses and creepy coworkers, it's a wonder you get any work done at all. Here's a little help.
You Will Need
- A smelly coworker
- A fan
- An air freshener
- And gifts of cologne, soap, or deodorant
- A nose clip (optional)
Take a good whiff of your own pits to make sure you and your coworker don't share a common affliction. Phew just checking. But how embarrassing would that be?
Ask about the smell
When the two of you are alone, ask, "Do you smell that? What is that?" several times in a casual but concerned tone. If the odor is from poor hygiene, they should get the hint.
Combat the stench
Clip a mini fan to your desk, use air freshener liberally, and frequently request that a window be left open "to get some fresh air in here."
Enlist a friend
Invite a friend who doesn't know your co-worker to the office, and instruct them to accuse you of having B.O. After you've made a show of proving that you don't, have the friend lamely offer, "Sorry I guess it's just the office?"
Use any gift giving opportunity to pass on some cologne. Or pretend to have discovered some new soap or deodorant that they just have to try.
Find Stinky where you can talk privately. Make eye contact and say in a sympathetic voice, "Maybe you don't realize this, but you have a rather strong body odor."
If Stinky begins approaching in a way that suggests your blood is about to be spilled, hightail it out of there—and call Security.
Enlist the boss
If the problem persists, ask the boss to intervene. Stinky may respond more positively to an authority figure than a peer.